Media Technology exhibition: Transition

The Media Technology MSc program of Leiden University stimulates students to view science with a creative outlook. Unexpected questions, unconventional research methods and output, like games installations, books: all this happens in the Media Technology program. Each year, students work in groups on a large project, the results of which are presented in a public exhibition – this year for the first time at the Raamsteeg 2 location in Leiden. This year’s theme is Transition. Are you curious what our society would look like when modelled on a beehive, how you can generate crowd-commitment for sustainable living, or how Dante inspires moral action? Come by and be surprised by the out-of-box thinking of Mediatechies! The exhibition and related events are in English. Free entry.

Transition: exhibition, public lectures, meet the makers. Opening on February 7, from 17.00 - 19.00 hrs. From then on, Transition will run from 8 till 10 February and from 14 till 16 February, 14.00 - 20.00 hrs. Further information about all Transition activities and events can be found on the website.

Lecture Amalia Kallergi ‘Connecting the Dots’

7 February 2013, 16.00 hrs

You are open to new things, you are playful, you wish ‘to boldly go where no man has gone before’: recognize yourself in this? Then register for a university program, since Amalia Kallergi believes that these are essential traits of a good scientist. Amalia recently obtained her PhD in human computer interaction and is a Media Technology program alumnus. She explains het research, in which she investigated how scientists can benefit from playfully interacting with scientific image data, for example through playing games. Immediately following her lecture, the exhibition is formally opened. Lecture in English, free entry.

Transition expo: Meet the makers

10 February 2013, 15.00 hrs

The better you look, the more you see. On this afternoon, the makers of the works will guide you through the exhibition. Each project group will neatly explain what you can discover and how they developed their ideas. A perfect moment to ask them scary questions, such as about the scientific and societal aspects of their work. Language: English. Free entry.

Public class Maarten Lamers ‘This is Arduino’

15 February 2013, 15.00 hrs

It helps to be somewhat of a hacker, media artists or techno-geek to appreciate this public class: Maarten Lamers introduces Arduino interfacing and programming. Arduino boards are small and cheap computers that can be used to create, for example, standalone interactive objects, or can interface the physical world to your PC. Maarten teaches you what Arduinos are, how they work, and how to program them to do cool stuff. Language: English. Free entry.

Lecture Lieven van Velthoven ‘Room Racers’

16 February 2013, 16.00 hrs

Room Racers is a game in which everyday physical objects from your bedroom could create a racetrack for virtual cars. Roundabouts, bends, crossings: you determine what the racetrack looks like by positioning any object in any configuration. Build your own track on the floor, project the game onto it and race, race, race! Media Technology program alumnus Lieven van Velthoven won several international awards for Room Racers. On 16 February, he explains how the idea was developed, and shares his view on user-experience evaluations. Language: English. Free entry.